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FEMA Awards Lee County Nearly $17 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses

Release date: 
October 11, 2019
Release Number: 
NR 383

ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved $16,972,431 for the State of Florida to help Lee County defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

FEMA funds will reimburse the county for the collection, reduction and disposal of debris countywide
between Oct. 18 and Dec. 16, 2017 following the September 2017 storm. During that time period, county workers and contractors gathered and hauled away 962,908 cubic yards of vegetative and construction/demolition debris from roads and public property for disposal. A contractor removed 178,036 cubic yards of vegetative and construction/demolition debris from private roads for disposal. They also removed, 990 damaged trees and 10,467 hanging limbs that were determined to pose a threat to public health and safety.

Funding for this Public Assistance (PA) project is authorized under Sections 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act for Florida to cover Hurricane Irma-related expenses, reimbursing eligible applicants for the cost of debris removal; life-saving emergency protective measures; and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged facilities like buildings, roads and utilities.

FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program is an essential source of funding for communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency. The Florida Division of Emergency Management works with FEMA during all phases of the PA program and conducts final reviews of FEMA-approved projects.

Applicants work directly with FEMA to develop project worksheets and scopes of work. Following approvals by FEMA and the FDEM, FEMA obligates funding for the project.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to state, tribal, and local governments, and certain types of private non-profit organizations including some houses of worship, so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.

The federal share for Public Assistance projects is not less than 75 percent of the eligible cost. The state determines how the non-federal share of the cost of a project (up to 25 percent) is split with the sub-recipients like local and county governments.

Last Updated: 
October 11, 2019 - 11:38